How much are you willing to pay for the ultimate in Lexus performance? The letter F conjures up many different thoughts, depending on what you’re talking about. But in the world of Lexus, F means performance. From the LFA to the IS F, that simple, singular letter lets you know that this isn’t your typical luxury sedan. The F Sport designation, on the other hand, is a little different. Sure, you get more performance in terms of braking and handling, but no additional grunt. Which makes both the Lexus GS F and 200t F Sport very different animals. Despite their differences, both GS models offer many of the same things, which prompted the folks at Top Speed to conduct a side-by-side comparison. At least on the outside, both of these Lexus GS models are pretty similar. The GS F has larger air intakes and carbon fiber trim along the bottom of the grille. The F also sports large slotted vents behind the wheels to aid brake cooling, along with quad exhaust pipes and a carbon fiber … [Read more...] about Lexus GS Showdown: 200t F Sport vs. GS F
Lexus’ new naming strategy is a bit confusing, but we’re here to clear things up! We’d forgive you for not noticing, but shopping for a turbocharged, four-cylinder Lexus GS has suddenly gotten slightly more complicated. Because, you see, the luxury brand has decided to try and confuse us by changing its model naming strategy. The latest victim of this trend is the Lexus GS 200t, which for 2018, is now known as the Lexus GS 300. Confusing? Maybe. It used to be easy to distinguish forced induction Lexus models from regular ones, but no more. And anyone not aware of the change might think that the GS 300 enjoys a bump in displacement for 2018. But they’d be wrong. In fact, both cars are powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. We’ve seen this before, as the IS 200t is also now known as the IS 300. Which is incredibly confusing, because the 2017 IS 300 is an all-wheel drive, V6-powered sedan. Good luck with that, used car shoppers! But we … [Read more...] about Lexus GS 300: New Name, Subtle Changes
Lexus LFA and the Lexus GS take a tandem drift through a tight, winding mountain road. And it’s as completely badass. What a glorious way to help get through the week. We were cruising through YouTube and stumbled across a phenomenal little clip of a tandem drift through a tight, winding mountain road. The cars of choice for this little sideways escapade include the mighty Lexus LFA and the Lexus GS. The drivers in this battle are Youichi Imamura and Tokita Masayoshi, and each car is battling furiously to get down the mountain with the best angles and speed. Sadly, the video is only 46-seconds long, but thanks to some very brave filmmakers, the video is full of nothing but great shots and insane noise. As always, when it comes to racing and the sport of drifting, these guys may look like they are tearing up a public road, but this is a sanctioned event. Keep it off the streets and try to stay safe out there, folks. Now press play and watch that LFA chase down the GS in a … [Read more...] about Random Awesomeness: Lexus LFA vs GS Drift Battle
The 2017 Lexus GS 200t is a culmination of everything that’s happening in the industry. And when the Texarkana Gazette got behind the luxury sedan, its reporter had nothing but good things to say about the car. Despite being the least expensive GS model, the 200t is fitted with the Japanese automaker’s latest suite of safety features, which includes some semi-autonomous tech like automatic braking. WE know what you might be thinking: Self-driving features like automatic braking is a crutch that allows lazy drivers to yank their phones out while driving, which, of course, just isn’t true. During the review, the GS 200t’s automatic braking system helped the reviewer avoid an accident when another driver in a hulking SUV pulled out into the wrong lane. We’ve all been there. Despite being fully aware of the situation, the reviewer found the sedan’s ability to forcefully apply the brakes to be “particularly … [Read more...] about Lexus GS’ Safety Features Save Reviewer from Potential Crash
For months now, we’ve heard a slew of rumors predicting the imminent demise of the Lexus GS. Most speculate that the sedan is doomed as early as next year, when the all-new ES is set to arrive. This is really a case of connecting the dots, as the ES has grown in size to the point where the GS looks a little redundant. The reasoning behind such a move does make it seem feasible. The ES has long been a sales success, while GS sales have slipped in recent years. The front drive architecture of the ES is cheaper to manufacture than the rear wheel drive GS. Add in the fact that sedan sales in general are declining in favor of crossovers, and it makes sense for Lexus to consolidate their lineup. Diving a little deeper into the facts makes the GS look even more destined for the graveyard. The ES 350 produces more power than the GS 200t, making it nearly a full second quicker to 60 mph. And it’s cheaper. Heck, the GS 350 costs a full $12,000 more. As much as we all love rear wheel … [Read more...] about Lexus GS Death Rumors: Fact or Fiction?
I’ve been at this auto writing thing for a while now, and I can’t ever recall seeing wheels this gold look this good. Sure, it’s hard to spoil the natural beauty of the Lexus GS, especially in this classy shade of white, but many an aftermarket wheel has left many a beautiful car looking far-more ordinary, or even down-right atrocious. Well, that’s certainly not the case with Club Lexus member Staggered3‘s 2013 GS 350 F Sport, rolling gold on Avant Garde F421s, as you can see in these jaw-dropping photos. These photos come to us from Staggered3’s recent thread, “GS F SPORT Photoshoot at H20i,” which is a spot in Ocean City, Maryland. Staggered was lucky enough to get his car shot by “rising star photographer” Vlad Shurigin, who goes by the much-more-artistic and automotive-sounding name, Zuumy. Apparently Zuumy said these were the best pics of the weekend too, until a pesky Acura NSX showed up for her closeup. Still, this GS … [Read more...] about Have You Ever Seen Gold Wheels Look So Good?
There’s lots of rumors flying around Lexus and Toyota at the moment, so take this for what you will. But it all sounds promising in theory. According to Top Speed (via Japanese media outlet Mag-X), Lexus “is finally building a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, codenamed 943F, that it plans to use on the fifth-generation Lexus GS.” The 2019 model should come out with the next GS redesign, possibly late next year or early 2018. For those of you not seeped in ToMoCo history, you’re probably thinking: “Oh boy, a new turbo V6.” Because a lot of cars have V6s. But not a lot of Toyota cars. If you can believe it, TS says the engine will actually be the first production V6 in Toyota’s existence. Somehow Top Speed seems to think this means the GS will share the new V6 with the new ToMoCo/BMW joint-venture Supra. But I’m still a little fuzzy on that math. Regardless, the prospect of a turbo V6 would certainly increase … [Read more...] about Rumor Mill: Toyota Developing V6 Turbo for Lexus GS, Possibly Supra
The latest generation of the Lexus GS, which came out four years ago with a slew of new models, wears the Japanese automaker’s new design philosophy and is fitted with new technology that makes it an ideal blend of luxury and performance. The Fast Lane Car, got behind the wheel of a GS 350 F-Sport, the more athletic version of the sedan, to see if Lexus got the recipe right. With the F-Sport branding, one would assume that the GS 350 F-Sport would be a sporty car, and TFLC found that the sedan is indeed on the sportier side of things. “The ride quality is exceptionally comfortable and the handling is indeed sport, with crisp, precise responses,” says the outlet. The 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 311 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque, also helps with the sporty feeling. “Acceleration from the 3.5-liter V6 is surprisingly rewarding for a relatively heavy luxury sport sedan,” says TFLC. Besides the performance, the sporty GS 350 F-Sport … [Read more...] about 2017 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport Wows Critics as ‘Perfect Performance Car’
There’s just something incredibly satisfying about driving a car that’s the automotive equivalent of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Maybe it’s the joy we get from blowing the doors off high dollar, purpose built sports cars. Or maybe it’s the surprised looks we get when we rip off impressive 1/4 mile times. Either way, virtually any Lexus model makes a great basis for the ultimate sleeper. Most folks won’t blink an eye at any Lexus sedan, because they aren’t exactly barn burners from the factory. That includes this boring, beigh(ish) 1999 Lexus GS 300 we found on Craigslist, which looks like any other clean used car on your local lot. But under that fairly innocuous exterior is a real, firebreathing beast of a powerplant. In place of the original 225 hp six banger lies a mighty Toyota 2JZ GTE inline six. That legendary engine isn’t exactly what you would call stock, either. Most of the car’s 850 rear wheel horsepower (on pump gas) … [Read more...] about 1,000+ HP Lexus GS 300: The Ultimate Sleeper
The IS 200t and GS 200t are dead! Long live the IS 300 and GS 300! We first noticed way back in April that Lexus appeared to be on the verge of a major change to their longstanding model naming tradition. And just as we originally suspected, it appears that the change is trickling down to other Lexus models. First, the automaker quietly killed the NX 200t badge in favor of the NX 300. Despite the fact that it still packs the same, 2.0 liter turbo four under the hood. Now, they’re doing the same thing with the turbo 2018 IS and GS models. And just as they did with the NX, both of these latest name changes happened with barely a whisper. Namely, a single sentence in the press release for both vehicles. It’s as if we never knew them. Now granted, this change isn’t exclusive to 2.0 liter turbo models, either. The new LS 500 packs a 3.5 liter V6. So do the 2018 IS 350 and GS 350, but they’re still called…the IS 350 and GS 350. And the LC 500 has a 5.0 … [Read more...] about Lexus Quietly Renames 2018 IS and GS Turbo Models